This world's loss is heaven's gain. Richard Duane Gott, "Dick", went home to be with his personal Savior, Jesus, on October 11 th , 2021. He was eighty-four years old. Born on February 9 th , 1937, he was son of a high school history teacher and a stay-at-home mom; he was a little brother. He was a passionate boy who loved the outdoors, his dog and his family. He excelled in school and life and enjoyed a prosperous and successful future in the metallurgical field. On June 3 rd , 1956, Dick married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Higgins, and together they embarked on a lifelong journey. They would celebrate sixty-five years of marriage. Together, they raised three children, Jeffrey, Robert and Michelle, and would become grandparents and great grandparents to a multitude of children. In 1984, Dick chose early retirement from Climax Molybdenum Company where he had been employed for much of his adulthood. It wasn't long before Dick and Carol were encouraged by a visiting missionary to step into their calling in prison ministry. They would initially begin leading Bible studies in Buena Vista Correctional Facility in 1983, which would soon evolve to many of Colorado prisons statewide, where they would lead weekly Bible studies and frequent seminars through Prison Fellowship, and then eventually, through their own prison ministry, In His Name. Dick would be too humble to share that in 2016, he and Carol received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for 'their lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service'. He would also be too humble to mention the countless lives he touched, with whom he shared the love of Jesus Christ, and the incredible impact he had on everyone he met. His compassion for the incarcerated and those released to the outside was personal and transparent with those he cared for. Dick and Carol would honorably serve in prison ministry for thirty-seven years before his passing. In fact, on the day he passed, he would be found praying over others, sharing his faith and living Jesus to those around him. Dick is survived by his wife, Carolyn Gott; his three children, Jeffrey (Darcy) Gott, Robert Gott and Michelle Gott (Peter) Kim; and a multitude of beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Frances Gott; and brother Gene Gott. Dick would want anyone to celebrate his passing as He now is in the presence of a Holy God. He is likely sitting at Jesus' feet, avidly worshipping and undoubtedly amazed at his good fortune. He would want to invite you into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ if you don't know Him, and for those who love the Lord, he will be overjoyed to meet all of us there with him in the Lord's time. If you knew Dick, you were blessed. He will be greatly missed until we see him again. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation can be made in honor of Dick's passion for prison ministry to Connections Prison Ministry, POB 64261, Colorado Springs, CO 80962, or Doing His Time, 4045 Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 310, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-4626. Any questions can be filtered to (970) 946- 9933.
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Oct. 16, 2021.
I have only good memories of Dick. When my wife, Inga-Britt, died, he graciously spoke at her funeral. It was also a joy to work together with Dick and to know him. May the Lord bless Carol!
January 11, 2022
We who knew Dick will surely miss him. Dick introduced me to prison ministries in 1985. My wife, Shirley, and I had the privilege of sharing the Good News that Jesus saves those who believe that He is the Son of God to thousands of prisoners. Thank you Dick and Carol. Richard is resting in the Everlasting of His arms. May God bless all, look up the time is short!
October 25, 2021
Dick was always such an inspiration to both of us. His love for our Lord and all the people he served and worshipped with was always evident in thought, word and deed. No doubt he received a "Well done, good and faithful servant". He will truly be missed...until we meet again!
Rich and Brenda Gerstemeier
October 23, 2021
Carol, Michi, and the rest of your precious family, We have all been SO blessed to have worshiped and ministered with Dick in jail and prison. Look forward to workshipping with him and Bill. Love y'all so much!!!
the Bill Hunter family (Marcia, Kristi, Jonathan, Kerri, and families)
October 18, 2021
Dick was the kind of man who once you met him, you always felt like you were old and dear friends after that.
We remember the last time we saw Dick and Carol in a resturant in Colo Spgs. I remember as we parted
The thing we always said to each other: "Here, There, or In the Air"
Also, we'll remember his BIG happy smile and always praise for his Lord and Savior.
Carol and family we are praying that God will hold you gently and lovingly and give you comfort.
You are in our prayers.
Love in Christ,
Loel and Dianna Gray
Loel & Dianna Gray
October 16, 2021
Happy trails our brother in Christ. We will miss you dearly. Until we meet again
Tina and Gary Gurule
October 16, 2021
What an awesome guy! I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you as only He can do.
October 16, 2021
What a great man. Knowing Dick and Carol enriched our lives, and forever impacted our walk with the Lord. The lives touched by Dick´s ministry are too numerous to count. Thank you so much for your service to the CDOC, and for being such a wonderful friend. Love, Brent and Lisa.